I was very pleased to have my mini-me stitched Self portrait, 2020 selected for the Black Swan Arts Open. The exhibition ran from 17 July - 11 Sept. She is made of canvas with tights for limbs. 


I made her as part of my MA research, during one of the Covid 19 lockdowns. I met online every week with a small group of my peers on the MA. It really helped with motivation at that difficult time. One week, Tim suggested we made puppets and this is what I made. Although it was originally meant to be a maquette, I now see it as a finished sculpture, a self portrait, a mini me. The body itself is just 80 x 25 x12cm but for this exhibition she was impaled on a rusty steel pole as tall as me. It's set in a round cast concrete base.

I've written more about her on my MA website, Self portrait/puppet, 18.7.20, along with some links to my research into Freud's Uncanny and self portraiture

It was a delight to see her dancing at the PV!

I started to make a fullsize Self portrait using similar materials and processes, but in fact got distracted by other things. Maybe I'll come back to it another time.... However, I have actually just incorporated some of the body parts I made then into my series of Transitional objects. I quite like the idea of recycling unfinshed parts or old sculptures. 


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